Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For the record: my position on Common Core

The context of a quote in the Oklahoma Watch story "Effort to block Common Core education growing in Oklahoma" does not accurately reflect my position on this issue. The story ran in the Sunday, August 25, 2013, editions of the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman.

The story erroneously states, "I definitely plan to introduce legislation" that would repeal and replace Common Core.

I provided the following statement to the editor of Oklahoma Watch on Monday: "I'm still visiting with constituents, educators and others about the merits of the Common Core Standards already adopted by the state and do not have plans to introduce legislation repealing existing standards. I do intend to file legislation to prohibit the state from adopting the science and social studies Common Core State Standards."

While I'm on the subject, I also intend to file legislation to prohibit the State from accepting federal education funds requiring adoption of or compliance with the Common Core State Standards.

I will continue to work with Representative David Brumbaugh to better protect student data which is related to how the Common Core is implemented.

Because of the misunderstanding and confusion created by this article, I wanted to take a moment to inform readers of my position.


  1. I know our children need a reality based education when it comes to science. This is probably the most important issue when it comes to the question of separation of Church and State.

  2. Thank you Rep. Nelson for taking the time to clear this issue up.


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